World's Largest Retailers by Country

Global Powers of Retailing Names Biggest and Best Retail Chains Worldwide

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Each country has a retailer that is its biggest and best, and when comparing the biggest and best retail chains from each company, the Global Powers of Retailing list emerges. From the 13th annual “Global Powers of Retailing” report compiled by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, this is the list of the retailers who are leading the way for the retail industry in each of their 32 homelands.



The “Global Powers of Retailing” list ranks global retailers according to total revenue. In 2010 the list reflects the revenue that was generated in 2009, which was the early part of an intense global retailing recession. Despite that, the changes from the last Global Powers list are surprisingly not all that dramatic.

Most of the world’s largest retailers positioned in the top half of the list moved very little in their rankings, if at all. Wal-Mart is still, by far, the largest retailer in the world. France’s Carrefour is still #2. Germany’s Metro AG overtook the United Kingdom’s Tesco chain and claimed the #3 position on the list. The top retailers in the top countries managed to maintain relative stability on the global retailing stage.

There were a few big notable shifts in the world’s largest retailers, however. Norway and Lithuania became global powers of retailing, joining this year’s list at #88 and #221, respectively.

Iceland fell off the list completely after its Baugur Group became a recession casualty.

Russia fell from the #15 position to the #107 position, the largest drop for any one country. China’s ranking fell from #63 to #90, and a new largest retailer emerged in that country. Spain, Finland, Chile, South Korea, and Brazil also had new retail companies assume the position of being their country’s largest retailer.



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What follows is the list of the largest retail company in each of 32 countries, according to fiscal year 2009 total revenue. The list below is arranged alphabetically by country, not according to sales or revenue. Compare these results to the 12th Global Powers of Retailing list.

World's Largest Retailers According to the 13th Global Powers of Retailing List, (sorted by country):

(See also Global Store Openings and Expansion.)

United States
Top Global Retail Ranking #1 - Wal-Mart Stores
Cash and Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Department Store, Hypermarket/ Supercenter/ Superstore, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest U.S. Retailers >>

Australia
Top Global Retail Ranking #25 - Woolworths Ltd.
Convenience/ Forecourt Store, Discount Department Store, Electronics Specialty, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Australian Retailers >>

Austria
Top Global Retail Ranking #72 - SPAR Oster-reichische Warenhandels-AG
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Austrian Retailers >>

Belgium
Top Global Retail Ranking #33 - Delhaize Group
Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Convenience/Forecourt Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Belgian Retailers >>

Brazil
Top Global Retail Ranking #106 - Comanhia Brasileira de Distribuicao SA Grupo Pao De Acucar
Convenience/Forecourt Store, Electronics Specialty, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket

Canada
Top Global Retail Ranking #37 - Loblaw Companies, Ltd.

Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Canadian Retailers >>

Chile
Top Global Retail Ranking #112 – Cencosud S.A.

Supermarket

China
Top Global Retail Ranking #90 – Bailian (Brilliance) Group

Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Chinese Retailers >>
2010 Global Store Openings in China

Denmark
Top Global Retail Ranking #78 - Dansk Supermarket A/S

Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Department Store, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> Complete List of World's Largest Danish Retailers >>

Finland
Top Global Retail Ranking #80 – S Group

Supermarket

France
Top Global Retail Ranking #2 - Carrefour

Cash and Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Department Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket, convenience/forecourt store
>> Complete List of World's Largest French Retailers >>

Germany
Top Global Retail Ranking #3 - Metro AG

Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Department Store, Electronics, Specialty, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest German Retailers >>

Hong Kong SAR
Top Global Retail Ranking #53 - AS Watson & Company Ltd.

Discount Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Electronics Specialty, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket

Italy
Top Global Retail Ranking #46 - Coop Italia

Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> Complete List of World's Largest Italian Retailers >>

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2010 World's Largest Retailers According to the 13th Global Powers of Retailing List, (contined):

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Japan
Top Global Retail Ranking #17 - Seven & I Holdings Col, Ltd.

Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> Complete List of World's Largest Japanese Retailers >>

Lithuania
Top Global Retail Ranking #221 – MAXIMA GRUPE, UAB

Supermarket

Mexico
Top Global Retail Ranking #104 – Organizacion Soriana S.A. de C.V.

Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> Complete List of World's Largest Mexican Retailers >>

Netherlands
Top Global Retail Ranking #25 - Koninklijke Ahold N.V

Convenience/Forecourt Store, Discount Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Netherlands Retailers >>

Norway
Top Global Retail Ranking #88 - Reitangruppen AS

Discount
>> Complete List of World's Largest Norwegian Retailers >>

Portugal
Top Global Retail Ranking #94 - Jeronimo Martins, SGPS SA

Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Portuguese Retailers >>

Republic of Ireland
Top Global Retail Ranking #231 - Dunnes Stores Ltd.

Department Store

Russia
Top Global Retail Ranking #107 - X5 Retail Group N.V.

Convenience/Forecourt Store, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket

Slovenia
Top Global Retail Ranking #198 – Poslovni system Mercador, d.d.

Supermarket

South Africa
Top Global Retail Ranking #130 - Shoprite Holdings Ltd.

Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Convenience/Forecourt Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Home Improvement, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest South African Retailers >>

South Korea
Top Global Retail Ranking #78 - Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd.

Department Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket

Spain
Top Global Retail Ranking #38 - Mercadona, S.A.

Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Spanish Retailers >>

Sweden
Top Global Retail Ranking #30 - The IKEA Group

Specialty, Household, Furnishings
>> Complete List of World's Largest Swedish Retailers >>

Switzerland
Top Global Retail Ranking #40 - Migros-Genossenschafts Bund

Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Convenience/Forecourt Store, Department Store, Discount Store, Electronics Specialty, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest Swiss Retailers >>

Taiwan
Top Global Retail Ranking #187 - President Chain Store Corp.

Convenience/Forecourt Store, Department Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Other Specialty, Supermarket

Thailand
Top Global Retail Ranking #209 - CP All

Convenience/Forecourt Store

Turkey
Top Global Retail Ranking #199 - Migros Turk T.A.S.

Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket

United Kingdom
Top Global Retail Ranking #4 - Tesco

Convenience/Forecourt Store, Department Store, Discount Department Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket
>> Complete List of World's Largest UK Retailers >>

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